I used to think of collared shirts as being a bit like a fresh haircut. They look great when they’re brand new, but they start looking “lived in” after just one or two washes.
But after a recent discovery concerning collared shirts, I now realize that I just didn’t have the know-how to preserve that “brand new” crispness for very long. And because this shirt hack has already been paying off for me, I wanted to share it with all of you today!
With the help of the simple tip you’ll learn about below, you’ll be able to retain your collared shirt’s off-the-rack crispness for longer than ever! You’ll look more professional, feel more confident, and most importantly, spend less money replacing your shirts!
The Simple Secret That Will Save Your Collared Shirt
Making one simple adjustment your laundry routine can extend the lifespan of a collared shirt dramatically. All you have to do is unbutton the buttons and flip the collar up before putting a collared shirt in the wash.
Here’s what this one simple step does:
- Reduces Stretching. With the collar unbuttoned, the collar tips and button holes won’t get stretched out in the wash. Less collar stretching means snug buttons, a collar that lies flat, and crisper, cleaner edges all the way around.
- Protects Buttons. A buttoned button gets pulled and stretched a lot during an average wash cycle, weakening the stitching that keeps the buttons in place. Just by unbuttoning your shirt before washing it, you can protect the buttons so that they last longer.
- Better Cleaning. With the collar unfastened and flipped up, both sides of the collar will get a more thorough cleaning during the wash cycle. Without a thorough cleaning, sweat and body oil can build up around the shirt collar and even stain it permanently.
Bonus Tip: How To Hang A Collared Shirt
It’s not just how you wash a collared shirt that makes a different. How you store it in your closet can have an impact too!
To prevent your shirt’s collar from ending up flattened, creased, or misshapen by the other items in your closet, hang the shirt with the collar flipped up and the top button fastened.
The collar will stay nice and straight while it’s in your closet, making it much easier to create a nice crease when you put it on. (In a hurry? Use your hair straightener to quickly “iron” the collar!)
What’s your best tip for extending the lifespan of your clothes?